By: Megan Gosch
Mexico's Secretary of Interior and seven others were killed Friday in a helicopter crash, possibly caused by fog or bad weather.
Francisco Blake Mora, 45, was killed when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed in an area of low clouds and poor visibility, reported the New York Times. The exact cause of the crash is still unknown.
Felipe Calderon, the Mexican President, delivered the announcement of the crash, stating that there was no evidence of foul play and was likely caused by bad weather.
Mora, considered the second in command in Mexico's government, was the face of the antidrug campaign during the height of Mexico's drug related violence. Calderon stated that "I am convinced that the best way to honor his generosity and loyalty...is to intensify the struggle," reinforcing the government's efforts to control Mexico's drug wars, reported the Washington Post.
Dionisio Perez Jacome, Mexico's Transportation Secretary, has asked American and French aviation experts for help in investigating the crash.
Seven others were also killed in the crash, including Felipe Zamora, Mexico's undersecretary for legal affairs and human rights.